I'm new to woodworking, but have always enjoyed working with my hands and being "handy" around the house. I also enjoy cycling, playing guitar, and anything related to aviation. Perhaps the best way to tell how I came to be here is through a recent story...
My wife had been on to me for months about wanting to buy and install some of those pull-out drawer shelves for our lower kitchen cabinets, so that she could easily access her large pots and pans without having to dig through them in a pile. After much debate about what to get, I finally decided that I thought I could just build some myself. And after a bit of convincing the queen of the house that I would do more than just build these pull-out shelves, I was given her blessing to purchase an inexpensive Ryobi router & table (after seeing them in a combo package at Home Depot).
I've attached a few pics of my first newbie build project. Basically using the upper kitchen cabinet drawers as a guide, I built both drawers and learned a lot during the process. If I had it to do over again, I would've done a couple of things a bit different, but I was pleased with how they turned out and the wife was thrilled. The drawers she was looking at online were going to be around $60 each and I built both of these for $20 worth of wood. And in the process, I fell in love with using the router and am now hooked big time.
Current project is building myself a proper workbench, so I no longer have to work on an old coffee table covered in fabric on the deck. I also plan to mount my router to a board so that I can then clamp that base board to the workbench, or remove it if I need to.
I stumbled onto this forum while looking at router stuff online and am impressed with what a great place this seems to be and the camaraderie between members. So much great info, too.